By Hideyuki KATSUKI

TOEI COMPANY, LTD. - as SALES All rights, World

Drama - Completed 2010

A group of young people put their dreams on the line and charge forward, committing all their passion to keeping a promise to a little girl of whom it is said this summer will be her last. Based on a true story, this is a drama of enthusiasm and smiles, and the appeal of the yosakoi dance festival.

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 123 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Hideyuki KATSUKI
    • Writer(s)
    • Hideyuki KATSUKI, Asako MATSUO
    • Producer(s)
    • Suguru ARIKAWA (TOEI)
    • Synopsis
    • Five years ago, Shinpei was one of the flag-bearers for the ‘Ichimujin’ (‘all-out’, in the Tosa dialect of Kochi) Yosakoi Festival dance team. Happy there with his girlfriend Kaori, his best friend Tsukasa, and his parents, he nevertheless resolved to leave his home town and pursue his dream of becoming a photographer.
      Now in Tokyo, his ambition still in place, he works as an assistant to the photographer Shiro Takagi. The work keeps him very busy, but he is gradually losing confidence. His mother phones to announce she is in the hospital, and he goes home to Kochi for the first time in five years.
      In the same hospital as his mother is Sakura, the younger sister of his high-school girlfriend Kaori, and whom Shinpei once promised could dance in the Yosakoi Festival with him. Sakura has a form of cancer from which no child in Japan has ever survived more than five years, and this summer could well be her last. Determined to dance yosakoi, Sakura implores Kaori and their father to let her do so. She remembers very clearly that Shinpei once promised her she could. Kaori realizes that this is all that is keeping her alive.

      Even if it’s my last summer, I want to dance!

      Kaori, wanting to keep Sakura alive, resolves to make her sister’s dream come true, and tells Shinpei the whole story, which she has kept to herself all this time.

      Shinpei wonders what he should do. However, back in touch now with Sakura, Kaori, Tsukasa, and the others who once supported him, he decides to dance again in the Yosakoi Festival and make Sakura’s dream come true.
      Gathering first Tsukasa, then the rest of the team members, Shinpei and the others begin to practice. Then, just before the festival date, Shinpei gets a phone call from Ishiguro, a senior assistant to Takagi. A picture of Shinpei’s has been chosen for a prestigious competition for new photographers. Seeing a photograph that Shinpei hadn’t shown to anyone, Takagi entered it in the competition. The awards, however, are on the same days as the festival, and non-attendance means disqualification.

      The promise to Sakura, or the dream?
      The big day is so near, and yet so far...
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 01, 2010